Public Health, Bachelor of Science

Degree Description

The public health program prepares students to become professionals who promote the health of local, national, and global populations through education and skills for individuals and communities. A degree in public health prepares students to think critically about societal issues through a justice-based framework, and public health professionals engage in advocacy for policies that ensure and support healthy populations. Students who graduate with a degree in public health pursue careers in a variety of fields, including health administration; health promotion, and behavior; epidemiology; and environmental health. Students are also prepared to pursue graduate degrees in public health or related fields.

Admissions

Students must have a cumulative and major GPA of at least 2.5.

Fast Track Program

The School of Health and Kinesiology has developed a Fast Track program for highly qualified and motivated students providing the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in an accelerated time frame.  With Fast Track, students may count up to 9 graduate hours toward the completion of their undergraduate program as well as the graduate degree program. 

Program Specifics:

  • This program is available for undergraduate students pursuing a BS in Public Health major desiring to pursue a MS in Health & Kinesiology with a Health Behavior concentration, or those pursuing a BS in Kinesiology major desiring to pursue a MS in Health & Kinesiology with an Exercise Science concentration.
  • Students must have completed no less than 60 undergraduate hours.
  • Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Students must complete the Fast Track Approval form and obtain all signatures and submit to the Office of Graduate Studies prior to first enrollment in a graduate course.
  • Students will work with their undergraduate advisor to register for the graduate courses.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduate coursework to remain in good standing.
  • Students remain undergraduates until they meet all the requirements for the undergraduate degree and are eligible for all rights and privileges granted undergraduate status including financial aid.
  • Near the end of the undergraduate program, formal application to the graduate program is required. The application fee will be waived, the applicant will need to contact the Office of Graduate Studies for a fee waiver code. 
    • Admission to Fast Track does NOT guarantee admission to the graduate program.  
    • The admit term must be after the completion term of the undergraduate degree.

Requirements

Courses Required for Major (core curriculum)

Students must meet the general education requirements. Additionally students must complete the public health program requirements:

CMST 2410SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP3
PSYC 3130STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES3
or SOC 2130 SOCIAL STATISTICS
or HEKI 2100 STATISTICS IN HEALTH AND KINESIOLOGY
BIOL 1330ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY3
PHHB/SOC 4700WOMEN'S HEALTH AND ISSUES OF DIVERSITY3
JMC 1500INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM AND MEDIA COMMUNICATION3
PSYC 1010INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY I3
Students must complete the following 60 hours of public health courses:
PHHB 1500FOUNDATIONS IN PUBLIC HEALTH3
PHHB 4000METHODS AND MATERIALS IN HEALTH EDUCATION3
PHHB 4040EPIDEMIOLOGY & PREVENTION OF DISEASE3
PHHB 4050INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN PUBLIC HEALTH3
PHHB 4060SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAMS3
PHHB 4130COMMUNITY HEALTH3
PHHB 4200A PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH TO MENTAL HEALTH3
PHHB 4280SOCIAL MARKETING FOR PUBLIC HEALTH3
PHHB 4400HEALTH LITERACY3
PHHB/GERO/WGST 4550HEALTH ASPECTS OF AGING3
PHHB 4650GLOBAL HEALTH3
PHHB 4880PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY3
PHHB 4950PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCACY3
PHHB 4960PUBLIC HEALTH - PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION3
PHHB 4990INTERNSHIP IN PUBLIC HEALTH6
PA 2170INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION3
KINS 3900MOTIVATION FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY3
Select two of the following:6
DRUG AWARENESS
STRESS MANAGEMENT
HEALTH CONCEPTS OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT
INJURY PREVENTION IN PUBLIC HEALTH
APPLIED NUTRITION
Select electives as needed to meet 120 hours minimum for the degree.
Total Credits78

Students must complete all required coursework, both general and professional, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 before applying for their practicum experiences. Prior to graduation, all public health coursework must be completed with a least a 2.5 overall GPA and no grade below “C-“.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
ENGL 1150 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I 3
PHHB 1500 FOUNDATIONS IN PUBLIC HEALTH 3
JMC 1500 INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM AND MEDIA COMMUNICATION 3
PSYC 1010 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY I 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Attend Durango Days; other campus events
 
Advising appointment for spring: Sept. - Oct.
 
 Credits15
Spring
ENGL 1160 ENGLISH COMPOSITION II 3
CMST 1110 PUBLIC SPEAKING FUNDS 3
MATH 1220 COLLEGE ALGEBRA 3
Natural/Physical Science with Lab 4
Elective 2
Advising appointment for fall: February - March
 
Join a student organization
 
 Credits15
Sophomore
Fall
PSYC 3130
STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
or SOCIAL STATISTICS
or STATISTICS IN HEALTH AND KINESIOLOGY
3
CMST 2410 SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Clas 1 of 2 "Pick 2 Section" 1 3
Elective 3
Advising appointment for spring: Sept. - Oct.
 
 Credits15
Spring
PHHB 4040 EPIDEMIOLOGY & PREVENTION OF DISEASE 3
PHHB 4050 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN PUBLIC HEALTH 3
BIOL 1330 ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY 3
Elective 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Advising appointment for fall: February - March
 
 Credits15
Junior
Fall
PHHB 4880 PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY 3
PHHB 4400 HEALTH LITERACY 3
PHHB 4130 COMMUNITY HEALTH 3
PA 2170 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION 3
Class 2 of 2 "Pick 2 Section" 1 3
Advising appointment for spring: Sept. - Oct.
 
 Credits15
Spring
PHHB 4700 WOMEN'S HEALTH AND ISSUES OF DIVERSITY 3
PHHB 4650 GLOBAL HEALTH 3
PHHB 4000 METHODS AND MATERIALS IN HEALTH EDUCATION 3
KINS 3900 MOTIVATION FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY 3
Elective 3
Advising appointment for fall: February - March
 
 Credits15
Senior
Fall
PHHB 4280 SOCIAL MARKETING FOR PUBLIC HEALTH 3
PHHB 4200 A PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH TO MENTAL HEALTH 3
PHHB 4060 SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAMS 3
PHHB 4960 PUBLIC HEALTH - PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION 3
Elective 3
Advising appointment for spring: Sept. - Oct.
 
PHHB 4990 Application Due  
 Credits15
Spring
PHHB 4990 INTERNSHIP IN PUBLIC HEALTH 6
PHHB 4550 HEALTH ASPECTS OF AGING 3
PHHB 4950 PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCACY 3
Elective 3
Apply for graduation
 
Career searching
 
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

This roadmap is a suggested plan of study and does not replace meeting with an advisor. Please note that students may need to adjust the actual sequence of courses based on course availability. Please consult an advisor in your major program for further guidance.


This plan is not a contract and curriculum is subject to change


Additional Information About this Plan:
University Degree Requirements:
The minimum number of hours for a UNO undergraduate degree is 120 credit hours. Please review the requirements for your specific program to determine all requirements for the program. In order to graduate on-time (four years for an undergraduate degree), you need to take 30 hours each year.


Placement Exams: For Math, English, Foreign Language, a placement exam may be required. More information on these exams can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/enrollment-management/testing-center/placement-exams/information.php


**Transfer credit or placement exam scores may change suggested plan of study